Introduction to the Billings Ovulation Method™
Doctors John and Evelyn Billings developed the Billings Ovulation Method™, which has been successfully trialled by the World Health Organisation and is now used by millions of women around the world. By learning to identify natural signs of fertility, you can use the Billings Ovulation Method™ to achieve or avoid pregnancy and to safeguard your reproductive health. The method is easy to learn and women can use it during any stage of their fertile lifetime, including during breast feeding and in the perimenopause.
How it works
The method focuses on daily charting of mucus and bleeding and follows 4 simple rules. Online charting and an iPhone app are available for quick recording and easy communication with your Billings Ovulation Method™ Teacher as you learn the method.
The course is typically 4-6 sessions, varying for each couple. A couple will not be discharged from the service until both teacher and couple feel they can confidently interpret their chart and correctly apply the 4 Method guidelines.
The Billings Ovulation Method™ is taught in a clinic setting; in some centres home visits are offered. Distance learning is available when an accredited teacher is not available in your area.
Success in using the Billings Ovulation Method™ can be achieved by
- Correct teaching and understanding, with the help of an accredited teacher
- Daily charting and accurate observations
- Following the four simple rules to achieve or prevent pregnancy
- Mutual motivation and loving cooperation between partners
Achieving or preventing Pregnancy
Many sub-fertile couples have successfully conceived by using the Billings Ovulation Method™, even those who had been trying to conceive for more than two years or have had failed attempts with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
If you would like to avoid pregnancy, the Billings Ovulation Method™ is just as effective as the oral contraceptive pill, IUDs, Condoms and diaphragms.
Safeguarding your reproductive health
Charting your signs of fertility can also assist in identifying underlying health problems. To learn more click here.
The information contained in this article was provided by Billings LIFE™ Leaders in Fertility Education.